Eagles into Tokyo Sevens Plate Final with win against Canada

TOKYO, Japan – The Men’s Eagles Sevens earned a spot in the Plate Final at Tokyo Sevens with a 28-14 win against Canada Sunday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium.

The Eagles won the Plate at last year’s Tokyo Sevens, their first of three Plate Final appearances to end the 2012-13 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series.

Sean White had the ball on the wing in the second minute and Chauncey O’Toole gave him support, leading to O’Toole finishing the play for the opening try and a 5-0 Canada lead.

Madison Hughes caught the ensuing restart and ran nearly 80 meters through the Canadian defense and past Harry Jones to level the score for the Eagles. He kicked his own conversion to give his team the lead, but it only lasted a couple of minutes before Jones redeemed himself and scored a try for Canada.

Sean Duke added a late try in the final minute of the first half to bring the halftime score to 15-7 in favor of Canada, yet another halftime deficit for the Eagles.

The Eagles carried possession in the early going of the second half and Brett Thompson finished off one of the many attacking phases with a try. Hughes converted to cut Canada’s lead to 15-14.

Danny Barrett added the Eagles’ third try in the 10th minute with a juke at the Canada 22 and Hughes again converted for a 21-15 Eagles lead. Jones nearly replied a minute later with a long run into Eagles territory before he was taken down by Nick Edwards 10 meters from the try line.

Mike Palefau entered the match after the final whistle and had just enough time to find the Eagles’ fourth try to seal the 28-15 win.

The Eagles will face Australia in the Plate Final at 2:44 A.M. ET. Watch Tokyo Sevens live on Universal Sports and follow @USARugby on Twitter for live match updates.

Men's Eagles Sevens| v Canada
1. Mike Palefau (@ 10')
2. Nick Edwards
3. Danny Barrett
4. Garrett Bender
5. Zack Test
6. Brett Thompson
7. Marcus Satavu
8. Andrew Durutalo (@ 8')
9. Pono Haitsuka
10. Mike Te'o (@ 14')
11. Madison Hughes
12. Ryan Matyas

Men's Eagles Sevens | 28
Tries: Hughes, Thompson, Barrett, Palefau
Conversions: Hughes (4)

Men's Eagles Sevens | Tokyo Sevens Plate Final
Sunday, March 23 - 2:44 A.M. ET